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“I wish I had known that sooner!”


On 29 July 2023 I once again discovered something that I wish I had known about decades ago.

Specifically, that soapy water makes it easy to change tires on bicycles and other vehicles.

by Eric Hufschmid
  30 July 2023

We often learn something too late in life

As we grow older, we occasionally learn something that we wish we had known when we were younger, sometimes when it's too late for us to use the knowledge. Some people refer to this as: “Too soon old; too late smart.

Example: I prefer meat cooked at low temperatures

An example that I mentioned in other documents is that I discovered several decades ago that I should ignore the authorities who tell us to cook pork and chicken to a high temperature. I discovered that I prefer meat cooked at a low temperature for a longer amount of time, but I did not know there were sous vide devices available for sale until perhaps 10 years ago. I recently bought one, and now can easily cook pork at 58C, and chicken at 60C.

Lastest Discovery: Use soapy water to change tires

On 28 June 2023 I replaced an inner tube in my brother's wife's bicycle. As I was struggling to put the tire back onto the rim, I pinched the inner tube, which put a hole in it. It then occurred to me that I should try the technique that (at least some) people use at the automobile tire shops; specifically, wipe the tire with soapy water.

So I bought a new innertube, and wiped the tire and rim with soapy water, and was shocked at how easy it was to slip the tire back under the rim.

It was another of those, "I wish I had known this sooner" moments. Also known as “I can't believe it took me so long to learn this!”